Friday, October 10, 2014

*INTERVIEW* With Drew Leighty aka Seth from Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE RETURN cover!



Hi everyone! I have something pretty special for you on the blog today! A few weeks ago, when it was announced that model Drew Leighty would be the face of Seth on the cover of The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I was SO EXCITED. He has a fantastic look and really does my beloved Seth justice.

Fortunately, he was game and a couple weeks ago, we did this interview so that we, the readers, could get to know him a little better! Not only that, but he'll be attending two HUGE author events coming up, so you'll also get the opportunity to meet him in person!

So, check out this interview and because you know that I love you all, I'm also giving away a PRE-ORDER copy of The Return!! This book will be ordered and paid for by me. I will have it shipped, upon release, to you via Amazon or The Book Depository for my International readers! Full details after the interview!

Enough talk, Let's DO THIS!



* * * * * * * An Interview * * * * * *


Hi Drew! Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat!

Can you give us a brief description of yourself? Anything goes!
I'm a quarter of a century old, father/model/bartender/student, I look like a mix between California/aryan race but I'm Irish, Tahitian, Scottish, and Mexican. I love old western movies and chick flicks

Your heritage is filled with places I've been dying to visit! Have you ever gotten to travel to any of those countries?
I have been able to visit Mexico when I was younger, however more so along the west coast that way my dad and I could surf while the rest of my family hung out by the pool or on the beach. My grandma was from Mexico City though, a place I have never been but hopefully one day it will be safe enough for my family and I to visit and experience the culture. As for Tahiti, Ireland, and Scotland, I have never been able to visit, one day I hope to be able to.

And as a fan of both movie genres myself, favorite western? favorite chick flick?
Favorite classic western would be "High Noon," favorite western parody, "Blazing Saddles," and favorite modern day western "Django Unchained." As for Chick Flicks I have always been a fan of, "A Walk to Remember," and "The Notebook."

How did you get into modeling? and is it something you’ve always wanted to do? An opportunity you just couldn’t refuse?
I got into modeling through a scam that worked out to my advantage, eventually being fortunate enough to work alongside Scott Hoover. However, my goal growing up was to be a professional baseball player. Since that obviously didn't happen I chose the next best thing, which kept me as center of attention and allowed me to wear tight pants.

Haha! You certainly wore tight pants for this shoot. Sentinel pants! *ahem* moving on...You’re making waves right now for portraying Seth on the cover of The Return, written by the wildly successful, New York Times Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. Tell us a story! How did this whole thing come about?
After many years of struggling as a model and actor I had somewhat given up and refocused on school, work, and family. Eventually I did another shoot and realized how much I missed doing what I love so I revamped my style and added another option for a career path. Again being fortunate enough to have Scott Hoover as a longtime friend and photog, I shot with him to update my look and again he opened the door for me into this side of the modeling industry where I met my fantastic and hardworking manager Ellie and amazing writer Jen.

What was your reaction when you first started seeing the adoration streaming your way?
First my head started getting really tight and then it began to swell as my ego got enormous! Then reality set in when I went to the grocery store and my card bounced... 

I hear you...Life DOES have the tendency to throw those humbling moments all of our ways, huh? C'est la vie! :) Is this your first book cover?
Yes, this is my first book cover

What are you most looking forward to when you go to the author events coming up? Love N Vegas & Apollycon?
I love meeting people and making new friends, as much of a cliche as that is. But that's also my favorite part of being a bartender.

And that's what I love about bartenders! They can always talk to anyone and everyone, a trait I seriously envy. Plus, they're the ones serving me my drinks! haha.  Ok, so I already know the answer to this, but for the readers, Single?
I am not, I am with the lady of my dreams.

And what does she think about all of this attention?
She's my number one fan and thinks it's well deserved, while at the same time she keeps me grounded with her sense of humor.

That's a great lady you have there! What’s one of your most memorable modeling moments? Ever had to do something rather odd to get the shot just right?
Well pretending to touch yourself and strip down is always pretty odd while someone else is capturing it on camera, for me at least. Don't get me wrong I love touching myself, but normally it's in private.

Describe the average day in the life of Drew Leighty?
Cup of black coffee is usually my go to first thing every morning, followed by breakfast. From there it changes I have school Mondays and Wednesdays and then I usually drive down to LA afterwards, for a shoot. After that I drive back to Santa Barbara and pick up my son from daycare and we get ready for the night until mom gets home from class. In between all that I usually try to find sometime for the gym. The other 5 days out of the week I work, two different bartending gigs, and on the weekends I bust doubles normally from 9:30am until anywhere between 12am and 2am.

That is an INSANE schedule!! Now describe what you imagine as your perfect day?
Well it would be worry-free first off, waking up next to my girl and son, in a room, facing a white sand, and crystal clear blue water beach. Big waves crashing to surf and lounge chairs with an umbrella, waiting for my family so they can rest in peace as I surf in solitude. No jobs to go to, unless it's modeling, no homework to do, just us three and the open day ahead, to pick whatever spontaneous activity we want to do.

As a Southern California girl, I LOVE this response. :)
Let’s do some quick-fire questions:
- Cats? Dogs?
Dogs

- Celebrity Crush?
Jennifer Anniston

- Celebrity you wish you could hang out with (besides your crush *wink*)?
Paul Walker or James Dean. Living would probably be Bradley Cooper

- Sleeping attire?
naked or briefs

- Favorite Sound ever?
Ocean waves

- Movie you can watch over and over again?
Pineapple Express.

- Boxer, Briefs, None of the above?
White briefs

- Favorite Workout song?
"Otherside"by Macklemore

- One thing you can’t live without?
Family

- Last book you read?
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

- You won the lottery, what’s the first thing that you buy?
A house

And that's it! Thanks for being your awesome self and answering all my questions!

Is there anything you want to ask me or the Jennifer L. Armentrout fans before you go?

Thank you, and I would love to know what's your favorite part about Seth?

For me....Seth is a character that has made a lot of mistakes. He can be a cocky douche canoe or he can be a genuinely sweet guy. At the end of the day, he makes the right choices and this series is his opportunity for a happy ending. I love a redemption story!!

WHAT ABOUT YOU, READERS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SETH?


Want more Drew? Of course you do!

Find out more about Drew and follow him on social media via the following links:
 

Want to see him in person? Check out the following two events!


loveNVegas 2014 - October 25th, 2014             Apollycon Release Party - February 28th, 2015


For modeling inquiries, contact his manager, the fabulous Ellie from Love N. Books at info@lovenbooks.com.

And last, but certainly not least, to visit the talented photographer behind the cover shoot and much more, Scott Hoover can be found here at http://scotthooverphotography.com




AND NOW, IT'S TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
(Open Internationally! However, The Book Depository MUST be able to ship to your location)

Edited: please see my privacy policies in the header. If you win, I promise not to disclose your address to ANYONE. I am personally ordering your book and will be the only one with access to your information.

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Expected Publication Date: February 17th, 2015


The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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all the best, dear readers!
 

15 comments :

  1. I loved reading this interview with Drew nearly as much as I enjoyed reading The Return. ;) I can't just pick one favorite thing about Seth. It's an impossible feat. He's tough and sexy, but more vulnerable than I would have expected, underneath it all. I can't wait for February so I can read The Return again!

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  2. Love the interview, Drew is a very outgoing man, and hats off to him for all that he does for his family!

    I love Seth and always have except during his asshole phase, he's got the whole package, and a little vulnerability doesn't hurt anyone! When I heard that he was getting his own series, completely overjoyed. I wasn't ready to say good-bye to that world yet, so I'm very happy Seth will get his own HEA. And I'm sure we'll enjoy his wonderful attitude along the way!

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  3. He's such a nice guy!!

    I have all the books from The Covenant series and they are pretty high on my TBR but I have so little time these days to read, so I haven't been able to. Pretty much the only books I haven't read from JLA yet. :D

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  4. Thank you for such an awesome post and giveaway! You're one of my all time favorite bloggers! Keep it up lady! You know how I feel about the character of Seth so I won't go into details here, but he is one of my favorite literary characters ever. I cannot wait for everyone else to get to enjoy The Return in February!

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  5. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I love Seth because he seems real. He is a hot, bad boy that was unloved, but he is sweet and caring towards Alex, and all that he did for Alex and Aiden in the end shows that. I mean he gave up his entire life and afterlife for Alex to be happy so I love him, despite all he did cause you know he was ashamed and hated himself for what he did.

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  6. Cool interview.

    Haven't read the covenant series but would love to check it out tho I lurve JLA. xx

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  7. I loveee Seth, he is cocky, but funny and sweet. Aaaaand what he did at the end of the series was AMAZING!!! :D He really loveed Alex <3 <3 and he wanted nothing more than her happiness, even if it were with other guy!! :D

    About the Covenant series.. it's my favorite Jenn's series :D i loove Alex and Aiden and All the greek mothology !!! i always re read the books, and im waiting for the 4th book to come out in spanish <3 altough i already read it in english :D

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  8. What I liked most about Seth was even though he was really cocky & tried to get in between Alex & Aiden. In the end he did try to right his wrongs & do the right thing. Showed growth in his character

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  9. No, I haven't read it yet! :-(

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  10. havent read it yet >< thanks for the giveaway anyway ! hope i can win it !

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  11. He is sooo cocky, but has a soft side :)

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  12. Maria Theresa SantosNovember 7, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    his confidence

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  13. No, I haven`t started reading it yet..

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  14. Seth was very hard to like, but in the end he came through. Almost human to a fault....if he was human that is. Love the Covenant series and highly anticipating Seth's story.

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